Governors and oil industry work hand in hand in offshore drilling group

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Lobbying firm, advocacy organization did much of the work.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… r sector — more than $1.4 million over the past decade, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Jindal’s office …"

McAuliffe names panel to reform Virginia’s ethics laws

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Governor cites Center’s State Integrity Investigation in announcing new initiative.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… aningful reforms. “I’m skeptical,” he said. …"

"… f a series of gifts the couple had accepted from Jonnie R. Williams Sr., a Virginia businessman. That scandal, which emerged last year, pushed ethics reform t …"

Ready for Hillary courts super PAC skeptics

By Michael Beckel

Ready for Hillary is courting 'Citizens United' skeptics — and finding success.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… ocratic Party campaign operatives. The super PAC also aided Democrat Terry McAuliffe — a long-time friend of the Clintons — during his successful bid last …"

Virginia's move toward ethics reform leaves many unimpressed

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Legislators pass modest changes, but critics abound.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… ort as little more than a gesture, and it remains unclear whether new Gov. Terry McAuliffe will sign the measure in its existing form. Virginia has among the least …"

Billionaires use super PACs to advance pet causes

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy donors who bankrolled their own issue-focused super PACs dominated the 2013 fundraising game.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… rs (No. 5), the AFL-CIO (No. 7) and AFSCME (No. 8). Also on the list: the Democratic Governors Association (No. 3), which largely used its super PAC to funnel money to McAuliffe's c …"

McAuliffe takes step toward reform in Virginia

By Nicholas Kusnetz

McAuliffe executive order limits gifts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… t required to do so. …"

"… ies in connection with a series of gifts he and his family received from a Virginia business executive. The executive order completed a promise Democrat McAu …"

"… doesn’t tell us what we’re going to go through in the legislature.” Virginia has some of the weakest ethics laws in the nation. Politicians can accepts …"

"… ney under a porous regime of campaign finance laws. The combination earned Virginia a grade of F from the State Integrity Investigation, a state-by-state rank …"

Pro-lesbian super PAC founder and Obama bundler named to top arts post

By Michael Beckel

Pro-lesbian super PAC founder and Obama campaign bundler Laura Ricketts named Kennedy Center trustee.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… ntributed in 2013. This year, LPAC has supported the election of Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race, the election of Democrat Annise Parker, …"

'Dark money' groups give big to similar nonprofits

By Julie Patel

Politically active nonprofits frequently share money with one another while hiding donors, new tax filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Supreme Court":

"… sociations — have played an outsized role in federal elections since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010 to all …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, gave heavily to help re-elect President Obama last year. ‘Dwarfed’ In Minnesota, liberal donor Alida Messinger (a …"

"… time for the general election. The ads praised Fox for opposing Obamacare. Fox and Bucy raised a combined $750,000 for their own campaigns, acc …"

Libertarians declare 'mission accomplished' in Virginia — after super PAC help

By Michael Beckel

Libertarians pleased with showing in Virginia gubernatorial race, where super PACs bolstered their underdog candidate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… after Virginia voters narrowly elected Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, Libertarian National Committee Executive D …"

Koch-backed governors group gives big to Cuccinelli in Virginia

By Rachel Baye

Cuccinelli slams McAuliffe for accepting out-of-state cash while raking in millions from governors association.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… in the first half of 2013 was billionaire David Koch, who gave $1 million. Koch Industries, the company he owns with brother Charles, gave $25,000, according to IRS …"

"… s raised this year, about 7.5 percent came from Virginia, IRS data shows. Koch Industries is also an RSLC backer, having given more than $202,000 through Sept. 20 o …"

"… donors in 2013 include health insurance and tobacco companies, as well as Koch Industries. Similar to McAuliffe, Democratic candidate for attorney general Mark Her …"

A hyper-super PAC boosts McAuliffe in Virginia race

By Adam Wollner

Democratic group making donations — illegal at the federal level — to Virginia gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… ion has given more than $3.3 million to the campaign of Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe, federal records show. Of that, the former chairman of the Democratic Nat …"

Super PAC forms to elect liberal women governors

By Adam Wollner

Former EMILY's List official starts group to boost liberal, female gubernatorial candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Mexico":

"… On the Republican side, three women are eligible to run for another term: New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Oklahoma Gov. Ma …"

Controversy ensnaring governor raises new questions about Virginia laws

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Updated: Transparency laws at issue as governor deals with indictment stemming from gifts scandal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "law enforcement":

"… ics commission or other oversight body, the task of investigating falls to law enforcement, which rarely results in much action, he said. Last week, the Post and th …"

Trump giving advice to Palin? She should consider his track record to past politicians

By Sylvia Hall

Should Palin be getting advice from Trump, whose political contributions went to many scandalous pols

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… ving the state pension system; $25,000 to Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, who was accused and acquitted of insider trading at the tech business, Gl …"

Democrats likely to choose Howard Dean as leader

By The Center for Public Integrity

During his run for president in 2003, the former governor from Vermont pioneered Internet fundraising

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… d. …"

The Republican convention: The party begins in New York City, paid for by special interests

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2004 — President Bush will accept his party's nomination in New York City at the Republican National Convention, an e

Excerpts from this story referencing "Governor":

"… arty had even issued its RFP. Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a Democrat, and then-Governor Jane Swift, a Republican, hosted the event in July 2001. More than 300 Rep …"

It's their party: DNC demands boost cost of convention, paid for by special interests

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2004 — On the way to running up an estimated $95 million tab for its 2004 presidential nominating convention in Boston,

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon":

"… accepting corporate aid.Bloomberg reporter Jonathan Salant estimated that Verizon donated $3 million to the New York City Host committee, and that IBM has d …"

Silent Partners: Special Report

By Derek Willis and Aron Pilhofer

How political non-profits work the system

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Code":

"… ctions. These committees, known as 527 organizations after the part of the Internal Revenue Code that defines their tax status, can claim tax-exempt status as political co …"

Trading in favors

By Alex Knott and Aubrey Bruggeman

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2003 — Legislative favors, increased access to federal lawmakers and instructions on how to use loopholes to evade feder

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… ”Also sought after is access to members of the Cabinet. In one letter to Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Robert Bennett asks …"

"… personal[ly] requested your aid in helping him reach this tremendous goal. Labor is a top issue for Toledo and the Lucas County area.Jumping through campai …"

White House overnight guests listed

By The Center for Public Integrity

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2000 — A list released by the White House shows that 404 guests stayed overnight at the White House and Camp David

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… Dorie McAuliffeDorothy McAuliffeJack McAuliffeMary McAuliffeSally McAuliffeTerry McAuliffeEllen McPeakeKevin O’KeefeDarin OppermanGrant OppermanHaley OppermanVance …"

Who bankrolls Bush and his Democratic rivals?

By The Center for Public Integrity

A look at the presidential race

Army general had business deal with Clinton-Gore money man

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 27, 2000 — Lt. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy, the first female three-star general in the history of the U.S. Army and the a

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney":

"… t procedure, as well as providing biographical information.The Army ethics attorney who approved Kennedy’s most recent disclosure report told The Public i t …"

"… ny. At no point in the lengthy application file does he or the company’s attorney identify the potential lender.Swann confirmed that the company was never c …"

"… nc., LTG Kennedy asked the Judge Advocate General’s Standards of Conduct attorney for a legal opinion on the proposed relationship. She was provided an opin …"